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The Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa

The Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa

This entomological book is about the exciting fauna of dragonflies and damselflies in South Africa.
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Title: The Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa
Author: Michael Samways
Series: Faunistica 66
Publisher: Pensoft
Sofia; Moskow, 2008
ISBN 9789546423306 / ISBN 978-954-642-330-6
Softcover, 15x21 cm, 400 pages, throughout colour photos

Description:

Dragonflies and Damselflies are a beautiful, important and conspicuous component of freshwater, whether still or flowing. They are also important indicators of freshwater quality and condition, which is significant for current and future conservation initiatives in South Africa. The country's dragonflies are particularly interesting as many are special or endemic to the area, making it a part of the world of great conservation significance. Sadly however, many of these endemic species are highly threatened, especially by invasive alien trees which shade out their habitat.

The Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa is about this exciting dragonfly fauna. Besides aiming at increasing awareness of these lovely and sensitive insects, it enables their identification, using several approaches, from simple flick-through to the use of comprehensive identification keys. Each species is also given a Dragonfly Biotic Index, covering a spectrum from the most common, widespread and tolerant species through to the most threatened, rare and sensitive ones.

Content: The Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa

PREFACE
INTRODUCING DRAGONFLIES

What are dragonflies?
Life cycle
Ecology
Habitats
Microhabitats
Comments on species names
Interesting dragonfly areas
Conservation
Threatened species
Dragonfly societies and networks

FIELD TECHNIQUES
Observation hints
Choosing binoculars
Collecting and storing dragonflies
Photographing dragonflies
Size and colours
Identifying females

DRAGONFLY STRUCTURE
General body plan
Head
Thorax
Wings
Abdomen
Sexual structures

FIELD GUIDELINES
Abbreviations used in keys and Species accounts
Damselfly and dragonfly size guide

QUICK-KEY TO MAIN COLOUR GROUPS IN THE FIELD
SPECIES ACCOUNTS

How to name your dragonfly
Demoiselles - family Calopterygidae
Jewels - family Chlorocyphidae
Malachites - family Synlestidae
Spreadwings - family Lestidae
Featherlegs - family Platycnemididae
Threadtails - family Protoneuridae
Pond Damsels - family Coenagrionidae
Hawkers - family Aeshnidae
Clubtails - family Gomphidae
Emeralds - family Corduliidae
Skimmers - family Libellulidae

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS
SPECIES KEY
CHECKLIST
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


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